Something Real gives us a deliciously inside look at the truth behind “reality” shows. It reminded me of The Truman Show, except that the people being filmed are aware that millions are watching their private lives unfold. So many people in today’s world seek out their 15 minutes of fame. Would so many desire fame if that fame came with a price—everyone you meet knows every embarrassing, bumbling, horrifying experience of your life?
The story rests on “Baker’s Dozen," a highly popular family reality television show that was canceled a few years ago. Bonnie Baker, the eldest child, has finally achieved a normal life for herself as a normal high school student. Her mother’s decision to put “Baker’s Dozen” back on the air threatens all that Bonnie has built.
The drama and humor come from how everyone, from the children to the parents, producers, film crew, and friends, respond to the show’s comeback.